Larnaca police were investigating a case of attempted murder on Tuesday after an explosion occurred in a vehicle being driven in Oroklini.

According to a police statement to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), at around 5.30 am on Tuesday, a device, that was placed at the driver’s seat, exploded in a van while it was being driven by a 30-year-old man.

From initial examination, it appears that the 30-year-old started the vehicle at his residence and after driving for approximately 500 metres, the explosion occurred, resulting in his injury.

A police spokesman said the 30-year-old was transported by ambulance to the Larnaca general hospital, where he was diagnosed with a severe injury to his hand and arm.

The man underwent surgery. According to doctors, his condition is serious but not life threatening.

Police said they cordoned off the scene immediately.

Fire technicians were also conducting tests, to establish the type of device and the way in which it was detonated. According to preliminary investigation, it appears the explosion was caused by a high-powered explosive device which was detonated using a remote control.

Larnaca police are inspecting CCTV footage and questioning locals who may have been in the area at that time, to secure testimony, to further the investigative work.